Dan Kliman

Senior Fellow and Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, CNAS


Daniel M. Kliman is Senior Fellow and Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He is an expert in Asia-Pacific strategy, with a particular focus on U.S. competition with China. Kliman is also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Before joining CNAS, Kliman worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he served as Senior Advisor for Asia Integration. He was the principal Asia expert for development and implementation of the Third Offset strategy, and executed multiple international engagements focused on defense innovation. He also advised DoD leadership on maritime security issues.

Prior to his time at the DoD, Kliman worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), first as a Transatlantic Fellow, and then as a Senior Advisor with the Asia Program. At GMF, Kliman launched a new line of research on emerging powers. He also created the Young Strategists Forum, a program to educate emerging leaders from the United States, Japan, and other major democracies about geopolitical competition in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kliman has authored two books, Fateful Transitions: How Democracies Manage Rising Powers, from the Eve of World War I to China’s Ascendance, and Japan’s Security Strategy in the Post-9/11 World: Embracing a New Realpolitik. He has also published in prominent outlets such as The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalPolitico, Foreignpolicy.com, and CNN.com.

Kliman received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and daughter.